According to an Oct. 31 post from Bloody Elbow, Junior dos Santos says Cain Velasquez 'played it safe' at UFC 166 even though "Cigano" was barely recognizable following the beating he took during the bout.
Dos Santos said Velasquez played it safe and made the fight boring by using wrestling techniques that caused the crowd to boo. Apparently Dos Santos would have preferred wild striking exchanges rather than the technical punching style that Velasquez displayed.
"I still consider myself one of the main challengers to the title. He showed that he had an effective strategy to win the fight, looking to play it safe while not taking many chances to show he was the better fighter, blocking my punches in a way that is typical of wrestlers," Dos Santos said of Velasquez. "He applied pressure, grabbing hold of me and avoiding the fight, making the fight boring, making the audience boo a lot. An effective strategy to win, but he didn't prove he was the better fighter."
Dos Santos and Velasquez aren't likely to fight each other any time in the near future, but it could happen a few years from now if both men remain at the top of the division.
Dos Santos admits Velasquez's team had a better strategy for UFC 166.
"It was a fight that, for sure, was heavily studied beforehand by both sides, my team as much as his," Dos Santos said of Velasquez. "But I believe that in the end, his team brought a more effective strategy in order to fight just to win. My strategy was to impose my game and, as always, get the knockout. Perhaps it was a more emotional strategy than a rational one."
Dos Santos says the key factor in the loss was the fact that he couldn't find his range to finish combinations.
"What was missing for me was the distance to finish my combinations," Dos Santos said. "His goal was accomplished, as every time he felt one of my punches, he clinched and leaned into me, allowing himself enough time to recover."